Founder and Creative Director, Naula Workshop
The Home Trust International (HTI): Angel, you started younger than most. What motivates you to continue this journey that you’ve mastered?
Angel Naula (AN): My love to create and design.
HTI: Who or what has been the strongest influence on your career and why?
AN: My major influence is my family and learning from them how to make furniture.
HTI: If you could have told your 20-year-old self-one thing, what would it have been?
AN: I would have told myself to do what I do now. I love what I do.
HTI: Please tell us about your family and your personal life.
AN: I finished school at 11 and started working with my father. We traveled to different states throughout Ecuador. My uncle was in New York and I had an opportunity to go. It’s a dream to go to New York, so of course I said yes.
HTI: What is the best advice you have received and who was it from?
AN: The best advice I received was from my dad.
HTI: Is there a common thread that runs through all great products?
AN: Yes, of course, every great product comes with a special detail.
HTI: What recent project or transaction are you most proud of?
AN: I’m proud of every project we have done. For example, earlier this year we were invited to design the space for the Architectural Digest Home Show VIP Lounge. That was an exciting project!
HTI: In what ways has the furniture industry changed over the years?
AN: It changed we’ve started making our own designs.
HTI: The one thing I’ve had forever is:
AN: Passion about designing and manufacturing.
HTI: What do you miss the most?
AN: My little town in Ecuador.
HTI: What are your favorite objects that reflect extraordinary design and why?
AN: I have a few favorites, The Plaza Bed and Stiletto Daybed are two of them. The Plaza Bed is one of my first pieces and I made it because I wanted to create something on a large scale. The Stiletto Daybed is unique, and I like its clean look.
HTI: What makes a room sing?
AN: What makes a room sing is the elegance it possesses.
HTI: What place most inspires you?
AN: I find inspiration every place that I go.
HTI: Do you prefer the country or the city?
AN: I prefer the city.
HTI: Please tell us about your taste in music. Do you have a favorite artist?
AN: My favorite artist is Eminem.
HTI: Do you have a favorite museum? Why is it your favorite?
AN: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the depth and breadth of collections is immense.
HTI: What is your favorite brand?
AN: My favorite brand is Hugo Boss. I like their style.
HTI: When you’re not working where you are most likely to be found?
AN: When I’m not working, I’ll be found at the park with family.
HTI: What makes a great organization?
AN: Working together as a team.
HTI: Why The Home Trust?
AN: Because, I see the difference.
HTI: If you could be granted one wish. What would it be?
AN: To see my grandchildren’ grow-up.
HTI: If you weren’t designing and building furniture, what would you be doing?
AN: I’m not sure where, but I’d definitely be working in the design world.
Born in Cuenca, Ecuador, Angel Naula has spent nearly his entire life designing and fabricating custom furniture, apprenticing in his family’s own workshop until the age of six and building his first piece of furniture when he was just 13.
Upon immigrating to the United States, Angel carried on the integrity, mastery, and craftsmanship instilled by his father, his grandfather, and the generations of furniture makers before them.
In 2002, Angel opened Naula Workshop and has since collaborated with such acclaimed interior designers and architects as Robin Wilson, Jamie Drake, Kelly Behun, Philip Gorrivan, and Mark Zeff. He has completed high-profile residential projects for Robert Kennedy Jr., Hugh Jackman, Norah Jones, and Rupert Murdoch, as well as commercial projects for Columbia Pictures, Mandarin Oriental NY, LaGuardia Airport, and various celebrated restaurants. His work has also been featured in such notable venues as Esquire Soho, Pulse Contemporary Art, Maison de Luxe Beverly Hills and the Hampton Designer Showhouse.